I'm currently working at an startup, which is the first company I've joined since the start of my career. This startup is co-founded by one of my friends (who became my housemate) and I was invited to join their startup by him.
I was able to fit in pretty quickly. Now I've befriended almost everyone there (there are 7 people in total: 5 co-founders and 2 employees). I became friends with the CEO. He's a nice guy and we go out and have fun with other guys there regularly.
After a few months, I started to get frustrated with my job, because I think I'm taking too many responsibilities and they are underpaying me. I told the CEO guy my problem, but he told me that they can not afford to raise my salary.
Recently, I got a job offer from a medium-sized company, providing higher salary, insurance, transportation and more nice stuff. I visited their place just to confirm whether the offering was real or not, and they confirmed it.
I think I drew the picture pretty clear here. Now I'm stuck between whether to leave this startup or not. The new company offering is valid for the next couple of months and my contract with the startup lasts for the next six months. The contract doesn't allow me to quit unless the employer accepts to OR I pay a relatively small amount.
Now, I want...
- to get a much higher salary (I mean, who doesn't?)
- not to lose my friendship with the startup co-founders and co-workers
- not to lose my reputation for this "quitting" thing
- to keep my relations with my housemate positive
What downsides might there be to resign before the end of my contract?